The informal remand procedure was developed to provide a pre-hearing case review for hearing cases that have a strong likelihood of reversal of the adjudicating component’s initial or reconsideration determination. Either the field office (FO) or the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) generally identifies informal remand cases. When the FO identifies the case as an informal remand, they send it to the adjudicating component that made the unfavorable determination rather than to the ODAR hearing office. When ODAR identifies a case as an informal remand case, they forward the case to the adjudicating component.
For adjudicating component procedures, see DI 27520.001 and DI 27520.005.
NOTE: If the FO identifies the case as an informal remand, the case will be a paper case because this situation is exempt from electronic processing.
If ODAR identifies the case as an informal remand, the case can be a paper case or a certified electronic folder (CEF) case. The Office of Quality Review (OQR) does not sample paper cases.